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Ojo: London Irish hoping to spoil the party

Topsy Ojo admits London Irish would get a lot of satisfaction from giving Wasps a rude awakening at their new home on Sunday.

Wasps are hosting their first game at the Ricoh arena, with a crowd of over 27,000 expected to smash the record attendance at a home Aviva Premiership Rugby match for the Exiles' visit.

Ojo’s side ended a run of six consecutive defeats in all competitions last weekend with a 34-23 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Cardiff Blues, but are without an Aviva Premiership Rugby victory since the 22-19 triumph over Leicester Tigers in Round 4.

And the 29-year-old wing insists his side are hoping to disappoint Wasps’ new fan-base and put an end to another losing run this weekend.

"We were a bit relieved after last week,” he said. “It’s definitely given us some confidence going back into Aviva

Premiership Rugby as we have some tough games coming up, and can really focus on the league and use that momentum to get up some results here as well.

“The winter period is always testing, so hopefully we can match that performance this weekend in what will be a massive game against Wasps.

“It’s very exciting. It being their first game there it’s almost a one-off fixture. It’s a massive opportunity for us to play in front of a big crowd and put on a solid performance.

“It is a big day for them and they’ll want to put on a good show and make a statement about their move, but that’s more for them to worry about than us.

“We just want to be as well prepared as possible and enjoy the occasion ourselves as well.

“We want to spoil the party and come away with four points. We aren’t putting too much emphasis on them being fired up though as it’s the same whenever you go to an away fixture.

“The atmosphere is always huge and the first 20 minutes will be crucial. It’s a big occasion for them but we just need to focus on ourselves really.”

Exiles stalwart Ojo is yet to score an Aviva Premiership Rugby try this season, but did manage a European hat-trick against Rovigo in October.

And the former England international insists he is not bothered about ending his own try drought.
He added: “I’ve been very happy with my contribution in what’s been a tough period for the club.

“You always want to train harder to try and turn things around and do as much as you can for the team. As a senior player you need to help lead and push the guys in the right direction.

“Tries aren’t something that play on my mind. I know I can score tries and I have done in the past. It’s not a concern for me as long as I am playing well and contributing to the team getting tries on the board then I’m happy.

“These things come in circles so it will be my time before too long, I’m sure about that."

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